MYSORE (TIP): Former CM B S Yeddyurappa on December 13 put the BJP government on notice indicating that he could try and destabilize it. Though he made know that his unhappiness with Jagadish Shettar government, he stopped short of saying he will bring it down. “The administration has collapsed in the state. If I allow the situation to continue, I’ll be doing injustice to the people,” the KJP chief said indicating his political strategy, which he will finalize holding consultation with ministers supporting him during the weekend.
When pressed, he said: This is a coalition government and I’ll have to consult the ministers and MLAs supporting me and decide. I’ll ask them what they want me to do. Yeddyurappa reiterated his demand for the dissolution of the assembly arguing Shettar has lost majority but ruled out pulling the plug on the government by asking 14 MLAs who attended the KJP’s Haveri meet supporting him resign. Why? “That is a political strategy.” He asked Shettar to order a comprehensive probe into mining activities since 2000 and denied that he was involved in illegal mining.
According to him, prominent personalities in Karnataka including Jnanapith awardee U R Ananthamurthy, writers Chandrashekar Patil and Ham Pa Nagarajaiah and entrepreneur Mohandas Pai have extended their support to his new political venture. They have told me that they could not support him when he was in BJP. Now they want me to be more secular, he argued announcing state-wide tour starting from Basava Kalyan in Decemebr end. The KJP chief defended denotification of land arguing that the CM has powers to do so. When asked bout the CAG report on land denofication tabled in the assembly that has indicted him, he said: The CM is empowered to denotify land acquired for public purpose. Why are they targeting me alone?